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Poltronova

Poltronova is known for embracing the creativity that opposites can introduce to a space. Its radical modernist furniture and lighting fixtures are simultaneously grounded in classic aesthetics and inspired by what were then new and provocative artistic movements in mid-century Italy, when the company was founded. This tension resulted in unique and extraordinary pieces at the manufacturer, from eccentric, glove-shaped armchairs to striking dining tables that feature a mix of materials and textures.

Italian designer Sergio Cammilli founded Poltronova in Tuscany in 1957. That same year, it won the Compasso d’Oro for the Panchetto chair designed by Luciano Nustrini. Revolutionary Italian architect Ettore Sottsass — a maestro of postmodern design who would later establish the Memphis Group — came on board as an art director in 1958. Poltronova manufactured many of his furniture and ceramic designs. Sottsass’s lighting, seating and other works for Poltronova showcase the designer’s bold experimentation with solid wood, glass, metal and laminate materials.

Other established names in Italian furniture design collaborated with Poltronova’s Sottsass and Cammilli, including Giovanni Michelucci, Gae Aulenti and Angelo Mangiarotti. However, the company truly set itself apart in its collaborations with Superstudio and Archizoom Associati, groups that were part of an irreverent, avant-garde movement in art and design that took shape during the 1960s in Florence, Turin and Milan. Collectives associated with the movement — which would one day be called Italian Radical design — drew on Pop art and minimalism and explored working with unconventional materials to create colorful, quirky and uniquely shaped objects and furnishings. At the time, Poltronova also worked with up-and-coming names in the art world, like painter Max Ernst and sculptor Mario Ceroli.

Poltronova showcased its groundbreaking designs in many exhibitions, such as “La Casa Abitata,” which was held in Florence in 1965. At Milan's Eurodomus trade show in 1970, Poltronova debuted an entire bedroom collection designed by Sottsass — including his sensuous Ultrafragola mirror. The brand’s furnishings were included in a 1972 exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art called "Italy: The New Domestic Landscape," and in 1977, Poltronova again won the Compasso d’Oro for a book called Fare Mobili con Poltronova (Making Furniture with Poltronova).

Poltronova's enduring and acclaimed furniture designs came to be loved far outside Italy. During the 1960s, importer Charles Stendig represented the company and helped introduce it to the American market.

In 2005, Poltronova established the Centro Studi Poltronova to recreate some of the company's iconic furniture. The brand has also recently collaborated with English architect Nigel Coates, who worked with a Poltronova master craftsman in Italy to design a series of limited-edition furniture in 2011, including the Domo chair.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Poltronova tables, seating, storage cabinets and more.

Average Sold Price
$8,782
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Italian Rocking Chair by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova
By Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Located in Mexico City, MX
Wonderful "Sgarsul" rocking chair by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova. Lacquered wood in black with orange leather. Gae Aulenti was a prolific Italian architect, whose work spans indus...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poltronova

Materials

Leather, Wood

Table Lamp Passiflora Model by Superstudio for Poltronova, Italy
By Superstudio, Poltronova
Located in Milan, Italy
Perspex lamp and opal tube cut and glued. The Passiflora lighting fixture originates from a prototype in painted cardboard for the "Superarchitettura" exhibition [December 1966], ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Poltronova

Materials

Plexiglass

Massimo and Lella Vignelli "Saratoga" Living Room Set Poltronova, 1960s
By Poltronova, Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Padova, IT
Exceptional Saratoga set designed by Massimo and Lella Vignella, produced by Poltronova, Italy 1960s. A beautiful living room set composed of two sofas (three-seater/two-seater) and...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poltronova

Materials

Leather, Wood

'Joe Ball' Leather Footstool by Centro Studi Poltronova, Italy
By Poltronova
Located in London, GB
The super soft, high quality leather 'Joe Ball' is the perfect pouf or footstool designed by the renowned Florentine company, Centro Studi Poltronova. Designed for the fiftieth anniv...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Poltronova

Materials

Leather, Foam

Italian Mid-Century Yellow Footstool Locus Solus Gae Aulenti Poltronova, 1960s
By Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century yellow footstool Locus Solus by Gae Aulenti for Poltronova, 1960s Footrest from the series Locus Solus in yellow painted metal. The rectangular top is perforated....
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poltronova

Materials

Metal

Giovanni Michelucci for Poltronova ´Torbecchia´ Dining Room Set in Walnut
By Poltronova, Giovanni Michelucci
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Giovanni Michelucci for Poltronova, ´Torbecchia´ dining room set; table, bench and four chairs, walnut, cane, Italy, circa 1964. This dining room set contains one table, a bench a...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poltronova

Materials

Cane, Walnut

Giovanni Michelucci Torbecchia Solid Walnut Bench
By Poltronova, Giovanni Michelucci
Located in Dronten, NL
Bench from the Torbecchia series, designed by brutalist architect Giovanni Michelucci for Poltronova, 1964. Solid walnut structure with beautiful edge detail similar to Charlotte P...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poltronova

Materials

Walnut

  • Giovanni Michelucci Torbecchia Solid Walnut Bench
  • Giovanni Michelucci Torbecchia Solid Walnut Bench
  • Giovanni Michelucci Torbecchia Solid Walnut Bench
  • Giovanni Michelucci Torbecchia Solid Walnut Bench
H 15.75 in. W 70.87 in. D 15.75 in.
Hans Hollein Mitzi Sofa in Poplar Fabric and Wool by Poltronova 1980s Italy
By Hans Hollein, Poltronova
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Mitzi sofa presents a poplar plywood base with erable finish, semi-gloss water–based varnish, iron inner structure, polyurethane cushions, wool cloth upholstery and cloth–covered bu...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Poltronova

Materials

Iron

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Poltronova furniture for sale on 1stDibs

The Poltronova furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Poltronova furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock, we have 99 vintage editions of these items, while there are 9 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Poltronova were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Perriand, ISA Bergamo, Le Corbusier, Jeanneret and Tito Agnoli. Prices for Poltronova furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. On average, these items start at $345 and top out at $80,586, while pieces like these can sell for $8,050.

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